How is the new XKE Jag like... classical architecture?? (hint: it's in the curves) by Florida Custom Home Architect John Henry

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The people who build Jaguars are announcing a retro build electric version of their E type.

This is the car most of us drooled over in the mid-60s to early 70s.

It has been called "the most beautiful car in the world".

Well.. why?

It is long, low, sleek, and... very curvy.

Lots of cars way back when were curvatious.  

But this one was also... sexy??

Now, you can attribute this adjective to human beings mostly.

Not, animals, plants or insects.

A lot of today's models are rather amoeba-like or even reptilian. Some have returned to sharp angles:

I think Jaguar hit it out of the ballpark because it resembled the human form: muscular, curved bodywork.  Not much makeup, just great form.

(autos are more like our four-footed beasts, in fact, horses especially.  Citroen's early 2-cylinder was called a 'two horses' model.  Don't cars have 'tail - lights'? -- 'horsepower"?)

 

Well, in the early Renaissance Leonardo da Vinci had decided that the human form contained the most perfect geometry possible:

It followed that Renaissance architects concluded that the perfectly symmetrical temples of the Greeks and Romans had, in fact, human attributes.  

The column, for example, had a foot, body, and head.  The Italians termed the front views of their buildings "facciata", which literally means face, or facade.

Columns acted like upright human figures holding up the roofs of buildings.

Modern architecture pretty much did away with anthropomorphic allusions.  The original idea was to take advantage of the productive ability of machines to quickly rebuild world war ravaged buildings and cities.  Of course this idea was embraced by developers as buildings could be produced and erected quicker at less cost.  And so after many years of generally abstract and plain construction of our built environment, there was a reaction.  

That reaction was called Post Modernism, and it devolved into computerized digitally produced 'mockeries' of everything else that has come before:

The project above is an office/apartment building built in Prague.  It is called 'the dancing house'.  It was inspired by Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire.  ah well...

So...YOU make your opinion on all of this.

Do you like Jaguars or the Deconstructivist design above??  Or do you prefer buildings that are symmetrical like the human body and have forms and curves that are directly related?  Even Palladio graced this completely symmetrical villa with statues of humans... see the two elliptical eyes in the pediment? Previous blog describes this famous villa.

 

 by Florida Luxury Home Architect John Henry https://www.dreamhomedesignusa.com/

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Hi James, the older Jags have got it over the newer ones that have morphed into mongrels... ha.  Actually the XF looks interesting to me but the one that Kathy pointed out at top is actually the closest Jaguar ever got to the lines of the E series.

Aug 29, 2018 04:33 AM #7
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WOW, I wish I hadn't sold this one, so sleek and unique:

Aug 29, 2018 04:35 AM #8
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Beautiful jags in this post, John. I prefer buildings that are symmetrical like the human body and have forms and curves that are directly related....  

Aug 29, 2018 07:10 AM #9
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Rebecca, I agree.  I think much can be done asymmetrically as well but the column and arch is good for the soul...  Thanks

Aug 29, 2018 08:08 AM #10
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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 I an sooo not the car person...though I appreciate the design aspect of lots of models.

Aug 31, 2018 02:45 PM #11
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John Henry - Back in the mid 1960's and 70's, I also drooled over the Jaguar as illustrated in your first photo. Thank you, for this excellent blog post. As a result, I received knowledge and a great lesson in education.  

Architecture is something I have always been fascinated with both in Chicago and parts of Europe where I traveled. I'm also drawn to old churches. I am not a fan of the deconstructivist design - I find it to be offensive. Whenever I am drawn to certain automobiles or architectural designs it links me to the broader cultural, philosophic, and religious world of which countries were built by the people who lived there. It enables me to appreciate other human dreams, aspirations, their struggles, and perspective of the world in which they lived. Through their eyes, vision, and talent they left lasting beauty.  

Thank you, for bringing your talent to ActiveRain.

 

Aug 31, 2018 04:07 PM #12
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Hi Patricia, thanks for reblogging this and sharing your love of cars and architecture!

Absolutely: Europe is an open book.  A building tells a 'story'. (in Bavaria there is a town with painted fables on the facades.  A story on each floor).

In ancient times most of the populace was illiterate.  Buildings included sculptural elements that explained a struggle, war, celebration, etc.  The Greeks carved statues on the pediment of the Parthenon.   

"scenes from mythology which were a metaphor for the Greek triumph over Darius and Xerxes in the recent Persian Wars. The whole edifice and fine artwork were designed to wow onlookers and glorify Athens and her patron goddess Athena. As the instigator of the whole project, Pericles rightly boasted "...we shall be the marvel of the present day and of ages yet to come".

The old churches especially are evocative.

And thanks Patricia for welcoming me here!

Sep 01, 2018 04:38 AM #13
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Oh, I couldn't agree more - this explains our being drawn to very specific car shapes...and men to the 'muscle cars,' John.

Funny but, I dated a guy back in the 70's who had one of those Jags and on occasion, I was allowed to drive it! I ditched the guy and totally missed the car more than him! LOL

Sep 02, 2018 09:00 AM #14
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Great story Debe!  Curves are way more interesting than straight lines I think.

Sep 02, 2018 01:17 PM #15
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It is very pretty and love the curves on a car. However the Prague building not so much. It messes with my love of symmetry.

Sep 02, 2018 07:24 PM #16
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That’s a special level to learn and t Think I’m almost there. This is only one of the best things to ever happen

Sep 02, 2018 11:33 PM #17
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Curves in that way sometimes can be a little bit different but still pretty great. Love and light to you all

Sep 02, 2018 11:35 PM #18
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John Henry
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Have you seen the bumper sticker on older jags: "My other Jag is in the garage".  Here's my baby waiting to get reborn:

Sep 09, 2018 10:33 AM #20
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Roy Kelley
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Thank you very much for this very interesting post.

I hope you have enjoyed a most productive summer.

Sep 20, 2018 06:58 AM #21
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John Henry
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Roy, time to buy a Jag!  Have a great summer.

Sep 20, 2018 09:09 AM #22
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Your posts always have so much information, I love reading them!

I'm not a big car person; an expensive one went by me yesterday and I couldn't understand why someone would spend tons of money on it - it looked like every other car on the road. That being said, that Jaguar really is spectatular. I'd love to drive it!

As for the buildings, I definitely prefer symmetry. While I would love to see the inside of the "dancing house," the slanted designs just don't do it for me.

And I love the doorway on the fourth photo, although I'd want to find a way to make that dude smile.

Thanks for another interesting post!

Dec 09, 2018 03:39 AM #23
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Good morning, John Henry great post, as usual.... I love that Jaguar.... I'm a sports car enthusiast.... even as an old lady, I have a BMW 430xi hardtop convertible.... that car is fast.... and it drives as well as a Jeep in the winter....

as far as architecture is concerned, I like the balanced look...my OCD doesn't allow anything else....

Dec 09, 2018 05:13 AM #24
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Hello John - ah, the comparisons. This post provides eye candy and content.  Wee-balanced. 

Dec 09, 2018 06:44 AM #25
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Hi John Henry - your post makes teaching architecture fun and enlightening. This is the way it should be observed!

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Sleek and curvy....who wouldn't like that design ?

Dec 09, 2018 08:32 AM #27
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